Can you guess what type of music Rabid Flesh Eaters play before hearing their music. I’ll give you a hint. It’s not folk, it’s not jazz. Got it. Yes, it’s metal. The band from Arlington, Texas is releasing a new single “Demons Within.’’ I had the privilege of spending some time with the track before its release.
Let’s start from the beginning. Since the ’70s, metal has been riding on a line between humor and more intense serious qualities. You saw this with bands like Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath and many more bands that started to embrace lore, fantasy and magic. It was fantastic, theatrical and depending what lens you were viewing it through could make you laugh, be a cathartic release of all the pain you were dealing with or both. The absolutely hilarious 1984 film Spinal Tap understood this and eloquently made all the cliches and tropes of metal into a ball of laughs that almost everyone found funny.
I bring this up because “Demons Within'' rides this line with the best of them through the ages. The track starts with no warning and is immediately pushing you back against the door. As soon as I heard the vocals I loved the classic affectation that sounds like a supervillain. The vocalist sings “I’m searching for demons in my soul.” One thing to mention is the drumming skills. Metal drummers are known to be exceptional and you can hear that here.
The guitars are obviously distorted and cut through the mix like a sharp knife. I loved the tone of the lead you hear around the two-minute mark. I also was digging the eastern modes he was hitting. The track keeps climbing with intensity and a little after the three-minute mark the band mixes what sounds like industrial into the song which brought to mind masses of armies marching in unison.
I always enjoy a metal band that digs into qualities which make it so fun like GWAR and countless others. Rabid Flesh Eaters certainly seem to understand that. I can’t wait to hear more.
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